The geekson still very much loves his Hot Wheels. We are building up quite a collection of track now, having been sent a few items for review previously, and with him having added to it with his pocket money from time to time. So when Mattel offered to send us the Hot Wheels Track Builder Volcano Blast set to try out, I didn’t hesitate before accepting.
The geekson was very excited when the large box arrived, and when I told him he wasn’t allowed to play with it until I’d taken some photos for my review he adopted a very sad pose in the kitchen in an attempt to hurry me along…
The Hot Wheels Volcano Blast track set is like all the other Hot Wheels sets we have tested in that it is designed to be playable as a stand alone set, but it will also connect to any other Hot Wheels track pieces you might own. This track set is designed to be loaded with up to 8 cars (only one car is supplied with the set though, so it’s good if your child already has some Hot Wheels cars in their collection to get the most out of this set) on 4 tracks which start off at the top of the “volcano”. Your child then winds up the key, presses the handle on the top to release, and a rotating action releases all 8 cars, one at a time. The set comes with 4 obstacles that you can place at the bottom of the 4 ramps, and there is also a launcher and track that goes through the heart of the volcano to wake the volcano and show his “angry eyes”.
As seems typical with our Hot Wheels sets, I did the initial build, but once he had seen how it all worked the geekson was away, and quite happy to disassemble/reassemble the set. After an initial play with the set on its own it got moved up into his bedroom and he was digging out his other track pieces to connect to it.
This short video shows my son winding up the set and releasing 8 cars down the 4 ramps:
The geekson and I are both very impressed with the Hot Wheels Track Builder Volcano Blast set, and I would even go so far as to say it’s our favourite set that we’ve reviewed so far. The out of the box set gives the potential for hours of play if it’s the only Hot Wheels set you own, with the flexibility of setting the obstacles in different places, and setting any combination of up to 8 cars to launch. This isn’t a “one trick” set where you have only one way to set it up, and only one way to play – it offers a lot more flexibility than that. I would recommend that if you are buying this set as a gift for a child who doesn’t have any other Hot Wheels cars that you consider giving them a pack of cars to go with it as well to add to the single car that comes in the set. If you have other Hot Wheels sets as well this can act as a launcher for much more complex tracks as well.
The Hot Wheels Track Builder Volcano Blast set is recommended for ages 4 and up. The recommended retail price is £36.99, but as always I recommend shopping around as some retailers do offer discounts. I would usually include my Amazon affiliate link in a review of this type, but the current selling price on Amazon is actually in excess of the RRP, so instead I will direct you to Smyths Toys where it is currently available for £27.99 excluding postage.
Disclosure: We were sent the Hot Wheels Track Builder Volcano Blast set for review purposes. All words and opinions are my own.